Wither Precedent?


This really is quite the election, isn’t it? On the one side, we have Hillary Clinton; wife of a former president, lawyer, former Senator, former Secretary of State, with 30+ years working in politics. She has some baggage, sure, as does anyone who’s spent that much time in the public eye. But most of the scandals and issues and such are distortions at best, and lies at worst. 90% of the negative things you’ve heard, I’d hazard a guess, falls into those categories.

On the other side, we have Donald Trump; a racist, misogynistic, sexist, egotistical, xenophobic, Islamophobic, fear-mongering, tax-dodging, reality TV star who, by some incredible means, is the Republican Party’s nominee for President of the United States. This is a man who cheats contractors, who brags about sexual assault, and has severely deepened already existing divides in our nation.

Aside from her gender, and the extreme amount of hate directed at her, part of which is likely due to her gender, Hillary is a pretty standard politician. She’s worked very  hard to get to where she is and has earned her current status.

Trump, on the other hand, is almost aggressively ignorant, and is about as qualified to be president as I am do give a Mass in Latin.

His candidacy is unprecedented in our country’s history. Hell, the most recent obvious comparison is Silvio Berlusconi, who ran Italy into the ground for a few years. He had about the same level of political experience as Trump, and was absolutely terrible. Oh, and he had about the same level of sexual restraint as Trump.

But Trump’s lack of experience and extreme ignorance is only one part of the mix that shows how unprecedented he is in American politics. Here are some others.

  • Until Trump, no American politician had been caught on tape bragging about committing sexual assault.
  • Until Trump, no American politician had openly mocked the disabled on national TV.
  • Until Trump, no American politician had sat up in the wee hours, urging people to dig up a sex tape of a former beauty queen.
  • Until Trump, no major party presidential candidate had openly called for the imprisonment of his competition, and said he planned to bring that about upon entering office.
  • Until Trump, no American politician had had “their” convention boycotted by every living former president from that party, as well as all but one of that party’s presidential nominees.
  • Until Trump, there had never been a large number of party officials and elected officials refusing to support their nominee.
  • Until Trump, no major American politician had speculated that we might not live up to our NATO obligations unless we were paid to.

I could go on and on and on, but life is short, and this is depressing.

Don’t vote for Trump. Vote for Hillary. Even if you dislike her as a person, vote for her. Better her than Trump. Better fucking Gary “What am other countries, durrr” Johnson than Trump!

Jill Stein, I’ll admit, would be a bit of a toss-up.

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